Paulette Steeves

Algoma University

Paulette Steeves. Ph.D. (Cree- Metis) is an Indigenous archaeologist. She was born in Whitehorse, Yukon Territories, and grew up in Lillooet, Canada, British Columbia. She is a first-generation college graduate. Dr. Steeves received her BA in Anthropology, Honors Cum Laude, from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in 2000. In 2008, Dr. Steeves was awarded the Clifford D. Clark fellowship for attending graduate studies at Binghamton University in New York State; she successfully defended her dissertation in 2015. Dr. Steeves has taught Anthropology and Archaeology courses in Canada and the USA, focusing on Native American and First Nations histories and the decolonization of academia and knowledge production. She is currently an Associate Professor in Sociology- Anthropology and Chair of the Geography Geology and Land Management Program at Algoma University, and a Canada Research Chair in Indigenous History Healing and Reconciliation. Dr. Steeves’s primary research is focused on the Indigenous Paleolithic of the Western Hemisphere and healing and reconciliation. Dr. Steeves argues that Indigenous peoples were present in the Western Hemisphere as early as 130,000 years before the present and possibly much earlier. Her book, The Indigenous Paleolithic of the Western Hemisphere, published in 2021, won the American Library Association Choice 2022 Outstand Academic Title Award. Dr. Steeves has authored numerous articles and book chapters in collected editions. She built a database of Residential Schools, Indian Day Schools and Indian Hospitals in Canada online at CRISCID.COM and a database of Pleistocene archaeology sites in the Americas. The Indigenous Paleolithic Database of the Americas is online at TIPDBA.COM.